Archbishop Makarios, the President of Cyprus, arrived in addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, ton Thursday (1st November) for a visit of five days.
Archbishop Makarios, the President of Cyprus, arrived in addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, ton Thursday (1st November) for a visit of five days. The archbishop's visit coincided with the 43rd anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie on Friday (November 2nd). The Emperor, who personally invited Archbishop Makarios to visit Ethiopia, greeted his guest at Bole International Airport.
The Cypriot leader' arrival was marked by a fly-over of a squadron of Ethiopian Air Force jets. A guard of honour, made up of members of the Army, Navy and the Air Force, stood to attention as Archbishop Makarios stopped out of his plane. Crowds cheered along the route, to the Jubilee Palace, where he stayed; the streets were decorated with Ethiopian and Cypriot flags. The Archbishop was later the guest-of-honour at a State Banquet hosted by the Emperor.
Talks between the two leaders were expected to cover the current situation in the Middle East, with special reference to Cyprus' proximity to the hostilities. On Saturday (November 3rd), Archbishop Makarios said the fight for the freedom of Africa should be continued until all parts still under foreign domination were liberated. He pledged Cyprus' support for all African liberation movements. The Cypriot leader was addressing members of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa.